Dugdale Archive

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0340  Friday, 17 August 2012

 

[1] From:        John Briggs <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

     Date:         August 16, 2012 2:10:30 PM EDT

     Subject:     Re: SHAKSPER:  Dugdale Archive 

 

[2] From:        Jim Marino <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

     Date:         August 16, 2012 3:40:07 PM EDT

     Subject:     Re: SHAKSPER: Dugdale Archive 

 

[3] From:        Larry Weiss <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

     Date:         August 16, 2012 8:37:49 PM EDT

     Subject:     Re: SHAKSPER: Dugdale Archive 

 

 

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From:        John Briggs <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         August 16, 2012 2:10:30 PM EDT

Subject:     Re: SHAKSPER:  Dugdale Archive

 

Marcia Eppich-Harris wrote:

 

>I noticed looking through that Anne Hathaway died three months before 

>the printing of the First Folio. I suppose there’s no way to know for sure,

>but is there evidence that Heminges and Condell were waiting for Anne to 

>die before publishing the FF?

 

You do realise, don’t you, that the First Folio actually spent over two years going through the press?

 

John Briggs

 

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From:        Jim Marino <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         August 16, 2012 3:40:07 PM EDT

Subject:     Re: SHAKSPER: Dugdale Archive 

 

Marcia Eppich-Harris raises a good question, which has occasionally crossed my mind, and I’m eager to hear other colleagues’ thoughts on this question.

 

The short answer is that the work of printing the First Folio began in 1622, many months before Anne Shakespeare’s death in August 1623, so that it’s unlikely that anyone involved with the project was waiting for her demise. In any case, Shakespeare’s primary heir was not his widow, but his daughter, Susanna Hall. If there had been any profit

 

But I have never found any sign of economic rights to a work of literature being inherited by the author’s family during this period. There were no copyright laws, and no idea of an authorial “intellectual property” in our sense of the term. (The closest thing to an exception is Sidney’s family, who use their political influence and connections to control publication of his works, but they don’t claim to “own” the Arcadia, or to imagine that the Arcadia is a heritable commercial property.) 

 

You do see stationers’ claims to a work being inherited by the widows and children of members of the Company of Stationers, but you don’t see poets’ widows or children making such claims. So the printer Thomas Pavier’s widow did assert her rights to a share of “Shakespeare’s plays, or any of them,” but Shakespeare’s widow would likely not have.

 

Hope this helps,

Jim Marino

 

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From:        Larry Weiss <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         August 16, 2012 8:37:49 PM EDT

Subject:     Re: SHAKSPER: Dugdale Archive

 

“I suppose there’s no way to know for sure, but is there evidence that Heminges and Condell were waiting for Anne to die before publishing the FF? Who made the financial profit from the FF? I assume that estate laws now are far different from the early modern period, and probably different in the US than they are in the UK. But I wondered if Shakespeare’s estate (and Anne) would have profited from the FF if it had been printed and sold before her death.”

 

Shakespeare held no copyright or similar interest in the plays, so they were not assets of his estate. 

 

Aesthetic and Anesthetic

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0339  Thursday, 16 August 2012

 

From:        David Richman <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         August 14, 2012 10:26:30 AM EDT

Subject:     Aesthetic and Anesthetic

 

It is always good to read or listen to what Steve Urkowitz has to say on any subject.  I too have devoted myself to emotionally evocative productions of Shakespeare.  I wonder about directorial intention:  (and yes, I do know about the intentional fallacy).  Perhaps the director was deliberately aiming at a Brechtian Macbeth—asking the audience to experience, in a roundabout way, what lack of fellow feeling can do to us all.  Or perhaps the director was merely being clever in less efficacious ways. 

Perennial problem:  How do you shock the audience into experiencing anew a play the audience knows well?  We all cudgel our brains on that hard stone.  

 

David Richman 

 

Images from the Dugdale Archive

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0338  Thursday, 16 August 2012

 

From:        Marcia Eppich-Harris <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         August 16, 2012 8:38:18 AM EDT

Subject:     Re: SHAKSPER: Images from the Dugdale Archive

 

Thank you for sharing the Dugdale Archive images! 

 

I noticed looking through that Anne Hathaway died three months before the printing of the First Folio. I suppose there’s no way to know for sure, but is there evidence that Heminges and Condell were waiting for Anne to die before publishing the FF? Who made the financial profit from the FF? I assume that estate laws now are far different from the early modern period, and probably different in the US than they are in the UK. But I wondered if Shakespeare’s estate (and Anne) would have profited from the FF if it had been printed and sold before her death.  Any experts on this subject here?

 

Thanks!

 

Marcia 

 

Information Please: Beerbohm Tree as Antony

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0337  Thursday, 16 August 2012

 

From:        Kate Welch <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         August 14, 2012 4:50:35 AM EDT

Subject:     Information Please: Beerbohm Tree as Antony

 

>For the Broadview edition of Julius Caesar, I’d like to use the painting 

>(or is it a photograph?) of Herbert Beerbohm Tree playing Antony in 

>1898 at Her Majesty’s Theatre. For this purpose, I need a high-resolution

>image (1200 by 900 pixels). The best image I can find online is taken 

>from a post card with a much lower resolution.

>

>Does anyone know where the original painting or photograph is located?

 

Dear John,

 

If it’s the painting by Charles Buchel of Tree standing over Caesar’s corpse it is held at the V&A Museum in London – www.vam.ac.uk.

 

Kate Welch

Shakespeare Institute Library.

Images from the Dugdale Archive

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0336  Wednesday, 15 August 2012

 

From:        Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Subject:     Images from the Dugdale Archive 

 

SHAKSPER subscriber Joseph Egert obtained from the Dugdale Archive at Merevale Hall (UK) photographs of a Dugdale MS notebook page dated “1634” (Dugdale MS-Vol. VII-p.10), containing Dugdale’s handwritten transcriptions of the Holy Trinity Church epitaphs of (1) William Shakespeare, (2) his wife Anne (d.1623), (3) his daughter Susanna (d.1649), (4) his son-in-law John Hall (d.1635), and (5) his grandaughter’s husband Thomas Nashe (d.1647). These notes formed the basis of the printed versions on page 518 and 520 of Dugdale’s Antiquities of Warwickshire (1656). 

 

The Dugdale family representative has granted Egert permission to publish these facsimiles online, and he has chosen SHAKSPER as the place those images will reside. 

 

These images are From the Merevale Archives with the permission of Sir William Dugdale, who retains copyright. 

 

We all owe Dr. Egert and the Merevale Archives thanks for allowing SHAKSPER to distribute and archive these images. 

 

The images may be found at the Reference Files section under the Scholarly Resources tab at the SHAKSPER archive: http://shaksper.net/scholarly-resources/reference-files

 

The images from the Archive are followed by images from the 1656 Dugdale Antiquities of Warwickshire. Following these will be photographs I took of the Funerary Monument in Holy Trinity Church, which will be followed by a compilation file I composed of these and other related images. Hardy M. Cook, Editor. 

 

Compilation File:

 

pdf  William Shakespeare’s Funerary Monument

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